Welcome To East Fork Lodge!

A Little Bit About East Fork Lodge #650 A.F. & A.M.

East Fork Lodge is located at 508 Parker Road in Wylie, Texas. Stated Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm, with dinner served at 6:30pm. Each Tuesday night thereafter, floor school is held at 7pm. Great food and fellowship is enjoyed by all. We look forward to seeing you there.

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History of East Fork Lodge

East Fork Lodge #650 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons was granted a charter from The Grand Lodge of Texas on January 18, 1887 and was set to work on February 18, 1887 in the Lone Tree (Brown Town) Community.

The Lodge was built at Brown Town and, following Masonic custom, the ground floor was given for use as a school building and the name of the community was changed to Lone Elm. The school was designated in deed as District No.63, but was always referred to as the Lone Elm School.

There were 24 charter members, one of which dimitted April 9, 1887 and one died July 19, 1887. Two new members were raised in May and June of 1887, after the charter was granted, bringing the membership to 26. East Fork Lodge currently has an active membership in excess of 100 members and growing.

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Our second lodge building on Ballard

The Lodge met, for many years, upstairs above what is now Wylie Flower and Gift Shop at 129 N. Ballard. In late 1980, construction was begun on a new building at the current location and completed in March of 1982. The cornerstone of the new Lodge building was leveled in Masonic tradition on June 12, 1982.

A dedication ceremony for the new Lodge building was held on Saturday, November 3, 1984. The ceremony was attended by members of East Fork Lodge, Grand Lodge of Texas members and officers, past and present, and members of the Wylie community. The ceremony was presided over by the Grand Master of Texas Masons, R.H. (Bob) Waters.

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2018 Golden Trowel Award will be presented on October 16, 2018

East Fork Lodge honors Brother Jeffrey Neill “Jeff” Forrester 

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Jeffrey Neill “Jeff” Forrester was born on October 12, 1965 and is the son of Gerald and Harriette Forrester.

On November 4, 1995 Jeffrey took as his bride the most wonderful woman in the world, Julie Forrester. Jeffrey and Julie have three daughters and some grandchildren:

Celeste Franklin who is married to Jeremy Franklin and they have three children, Cole Braker, Eden Braker, Ransom Franklin.

Kaitlyn Forrester is a Junior at Tarleton State University in Stephenville Texas.

Abigail Forrester is a Senior at Wylie High School and after graduation in May 2019 she plans to attend Texas Tech University starting in the Fall of 2019.

Jeffrey’s Masonic Record

Jeffrey Forrester petitioned Plano Lodge No. 768 and was Initiated as an Entered Apprentice on September 24, 1998, Passed to Fellow Craft on November 14, 1998 and just five days later on November 19, 1998 was Raised as Master Mason.

In 1998 Jeffrey joined Hella Shrine and in 2001 he became a member of Scottish Rite where he is a 32nd Degree.

Jeffrey joined East Fork Lodge on October 3, 2006 where he became very active and remains very active today.   After joining EFL, Jeffrey started through the leadership line and became Worshipful Master of East Fork Lodge in July 2010 and served until June 2011.

Jeffrey served as a District Deputy Grand Master under the leadership of Right Worshipful Past Grand Master Walter W. Rogers, who Jeffrey has and will always refer to as the “Best Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas”.

Jeffrey was also instrumental is help redo the EFL kitchen where our stewards have been able to put out some very good meals.

Jeffrey’s Civic Record

Jeffrey is also very active in the city of Wylie where he is a Wylie City Council member for Place 3.

Jeffrey is also a member of New Hope Church in Wylie, Texas.

Please come to get to know Jeffrey and his family, and join East Fork Lodge No. 650 on October 16, 2018 as we honor

Jeffrey Neill “Jeff” Forrester

for his time spent in the quarries for our beloved Fraternity.

Dinner will be severed in the Lodge Room at 6:00 PM

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Golden Trowel ceremony will start at 7:00 PM